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Omg, I see you named her Cricket! A perfect name, and it’s what our dearly departed cockatiel was named also.

So so happy for you and Rico. What a great baby sibling for him!
 
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Unless a budgie is hand raised or otherwise pre-tamed, it usually takes weeks or months to even begin to get to where Cricket is with you after two days. I'd say you're either a Bird Whisperer or you got Cricket from a Taxidermist that put bendable wire in a little yellow budgie so you could pose her and fool us all into thinking Cricket is real orb 5 really are a Bird Whisperer!
I think the nursing home needs to increase the dose of your medication.
I honestly like to think I am a bird whisperer, however I think there are numerous factors that play into why I have a good amount of trust. 1. She came from a breeder here in Alaska (you can find them on birdbreeders.com, they’re the only registered one) and could have been hand raised. 2. Rico’s comfort and trust in me that she observed could have also showed her “oh, hooman is nice? Human doesn’t eat bird? Ok!”. 3. The friendly interaction on day one and baby-talking. There isn’t any (fairly priced) spray millet in town so I am still waiting petzoo to restock on their giant ziploc bag of millet that they sell for 3 bucks and their huge cuttlebone’s for 2. And I am waiting on petco to get a cuttle holder. As of right now, I’m just scraping some unused cuttle into her food.

Yup, I totally got a taxidermy of a lutino baby off EBay and I am posing it with my cockatiel plush! And… wait… what was i saying? My Alzheimer’s is kicking in…. Who are you again? Why am I typing? What am I typing? Hpw do u tyle? Ah sh** I forgor my meds agen. Who are you?
 
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Omg, I see you named her Cricket! A perfect name, and it’s what our dearly departed cockatiel was named also.

So so happy for you and Rico. What a great baby sibling for him!
Yeah! I thought it was perfect for her!

I’m so sorry to hear about your Cricket. What were they like?

Thank you! Rico and Cricks like each other too! Seeing him next to her is absurd considering he is 2.7x her size, he feels about 10+x her weight, yet she isn’t really scared of him! It’s quite interesting to see their relationship. Crickbread likes being around him and goes nuts whenever he is too far away, yet he prefers to passively be around her (near but not next to), although, he will perch next to her some times!
 

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I honestly like to think I am a bird whisperer, however I think there are numerous factors that play into why I have a good amount of trust. 1. She came from a breeder here in Alaska (you can find them on birdbreeders.com, they’re the only registered one) and could have been hand raised. 2. Rico’s comfort and trust in me that she observed could have also showed her “oh, hooman is nice? Human doesn’t eat bird? Ok!”. 3. The friendly interaction on day one and baby-talking. There isn’t any (fairly priced) spray millet in town so I am still waiting petzoo to restock on their giant ziploc bag of millet that they sell for 3 bucks and their huge cuttlebone’s for 2. And I am waiting on petco to get a cuttle holder. As of right now, I’m just scraping some unused cuttle into her food.

Yup, I totally got a taxidermy of a lutino baby off EBay and I am posing it with my cockatiel plush! And… wait… what was i saying? My Alzheimer’s is kicking in…. Who are you again? Why am I typing? What am I typing? Hpw do u tyle? Ah sh** I forgor my meds agen. Who are you?
Did you get Cricket at a pet store or directly from the breeder?
The breeder may have pre-tamed Cricket by taking her out and handling her a lot when she was in the nest. It wouldn't have been necessary to actually hand feed her.
 
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Welp, cricket ALMOST killed herself because I was too stupid to take my mom’s advice. She STUCK HER HEAD THROUGH THE BARS and almost got stuck. So, I set up the smaller cage for her safety. I do feel a little bad that she has less space, but it’s better safe than sorry. When she is bigger, I will see if she can be in her bigger cage safely. If not, I’m gonna see if I can convince my mom to sell the cage and get a new one with that money. I may have to look into a prevue table top flight cage ( like This or This) as it would be about the same size with safer bar spacing. And it’s not over 100$ since we will probably sell the cage for what we got it for.
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Did you get Cricket at a pet store or directly from the breeder?
The breeder may have pre-tamed Cricket by taking her out and handling her a lot when she was in the nest. It wouldn't have been necessary to actually hand feed her.
I got her from a pet sore who gets their budgies from a local breeder in anchorage. I suspect that once she was old enough to be picked up by petzoo, she was taken there and put into the tank with other babies I believe the breeder gives the most frequent “shipments” to the anchorage and Wasilla petzoos. The other ones? Not too sure about them, but I know that ours gets theirs from that anchorage breeder.

Because, why buy many birds and loose many in cross-country shipments by either asphyxiation, starvation, sickness, or literally being crushed, when you could guarantee over 95% of them survive the short transit in a warm van? It wouldn’t make sense to spend lots of money on birds who die in transit or before they can be sold to make back revenue, right?

Petzoo clearly cares about their birds too! Many toys, accessibility for them, gentle handling (no netting bs, just a gentle grab and they carefully place the bird in your or their carrier.), and they even support proper husbandry for them! They sell healthy treats, good toys, pellets (not the best ones imo but they sell them!), they take great care of fish, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, avians, invertebrates such as tarantulas, and they even take care of their rabbits! Love the business so much!
 
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put old yeller outta commission.

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And I put ancient holler back into commission.
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I feel like crick likes this one better despite the smaller size. I don’t know why. Anyone know why or have a theory on why she prefers the smaller cage?
 

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I got her from a pet sore who gets their budgies from a local breeder in anchorage. I suspect that once she was old enough to be picked up by petzoo, she was taken there and put into the tank with other babies I believe the breeder gives the most frequent “shipments” to the anchorage and Wasilla petzoos. The other ones? Not too sure about them, but I know that ours gets theirs from that anchorage breeder.

Because, why buy many birds and loose many in cross-country shipments by either asphyxiation, starvation, sickness, or literally being crushed, when you could guarantee over 95% of them survive the short transit in a warm van? It wouldn’t make sense to spend lots of money on birds who die in transit or before they can be sold to make back revenue, right?

Petzoo clearly cares about their birds too! Many toys, accessibility for them, gentle handling (no netting bs, just a gentle grab and they carefully place the bird in your or their carrier.), and they even support proper husbandry for them! They sell healthy treats, good toys, pellets (not the best ones imo but they sell them!), they take great care of fish, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, avians, invertebrates such as tarantulas, and they even take care of their rabbits! Love the business so much!
It sounds like a great place to get a good budgie (but there are no bad budgies, just bad people). I wonder where the budgies sold in Maine come from?
I got her from a pet sore who gets their budgies from a local breeder in anchorage. I suspect that once she was old enough to be picked up by petzoo, she was taken there and put into the tank with other babies I believe the breeder gives the most frequent “shipments” to the anchorage and Wasilla petzoos. The other ones? Not too sure about them, but I know that ours gets theirs from that anchorage breeder.

Because, why buy many birds and loose many in cross-country shipments by either asphyxiation, starvation, sickness, or literally being crushed, when you could guarantee over 95% of them survive the short transit in a warm van? It wouldn’t make sense to spend lots of money on birds who die in transit or before they can be sold to make back revenue, right?

Petzoo clearly cares about their birds too! Many toys, accessibility for them, gentle handling (no netting bs, just a gentle grab and they carefully place the bird in your or their carrier.), and they even support proper husbandry for them! They sell healthy treats, good toys, pellets (not the best ones imo but they sell them!), they take great care of fish, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, avians, invertebrates such as tarantulas, and they even take care of their rabbits! Love the business so much!
I just googled Petzoo and learned that Alaska is the only State with PetZoo. Looks like a terrific store!
 
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It sounds like a great place to get a good budgie (but there are no bad budgies, just bad people). I wonder where the budgies sold in Maine come from?

I just googled Petzoo and learned that Alaska is the only State with PetZoo. Looks like a terrific store!
Its fantastic! I love the business! And you are right, no bad bird, just bad people. Depending on what place(s) you’re talking about. Petco/petsmart get theirs from the Kaytee Preferred Birds Program (in other words, horrific mills, where birds are bred until they die and kept in abhorrent conditions.) in florida. If it’s a bird specialty store, I’d say probably a local breeder or they themselves are breeders. If it’s a smaller business like petzoo, then I’d say they are or source their birds from a local breeder.
 
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Eating seebs!
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Lookin’ Sassy!
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Rico scratching his head! Look at his pants!


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No thoughts, just seeb.

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Is it a bird? Is it a bug? Well- yes and no. It’s cricket!

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Having a tiel is wild bruh

He stole a salt and vinegar pringle and is now serenading cricket.
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Just gonna say it....that might be the yellowest yellow I've ever yellowed.....and it MIGHT be the most monocromatic cockatiel I've ever monochromaticited. (not even sure that is a word).n Not a touch of orange cheek.

You sure can pick em.
 
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Just gonna say it....that might be the yellowest yellow I've ever yellowed.....and it MIGHT be the most monocromatic cockatiel I've ever monochromaticited. (not even sure that is a word).n Not a touch of orange cheek.

You sure can pick em.
She is very VERY yellow! She’s definitely got great genes! She looks like a pocket of sunshine! And I agree! She is 100% the yellowest yellow to ever yellow! Her yellow makes a laughing stock out of our wild dandelions! She puts sunflowers to shame! She turns those sunflowers into moonflowers out of shame!

Surprisingly, Rico is very colorful, but not in the way you are thinking! You can find several shades of gray and black when looking at him up close! I call these shades: Charcoal, Slate, Asphalt, Silver, Midnight, and opal!

Slate and asphalt are the lighter grays found on his breast, pants, and Butt. Silver is found exclusively in his tail since it’s a very nice light gray! Charcoal is found on a few tail feathers, his wings, and his cape. Midnight is exclusively on the underside of his charcoal tail feathers. Opal is the white you find on his wings, back of the head, face, and his heart shaped butt mark!


I have no clue how I end up with the prettiest and friendliest birds! And I have no clue how my heart is like “hmm, oh! That one! Yesssssss perfect!” And it ends up being just right haha
 

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She is very VERY yellow! She’s definitely got great genes! She looks like a pocket of sunshine! And I agree! She is 100% the yellowest yellow to ever yellow! Her yellow makes a laughing stock out of our wild dandelions! She puts sunflowers to shame! She turns those sunflowers into moonflowers out of shame!

Surprisingly, Rico is very colorful, but not in the way you are thinking! You can find several shades of gray and black when looking at him up close! I call these shades: Charcoal, Slate, Asphalt, Silver, Midnight, and opal!

Slate and asphalt are the lighter grays found on his breast, pants, and Butt. Silver is found exclusively in his tail since it’s a very nice light gray! Charcoal is found on a few tail feathers, his wings, and his cape. Midnight is exclusively on the underside of his charcoal tail feathers. Opal is the white you find on his wings, back of the head, face, and his heart shaped butt mark!


I have no clue how I end up with the prettiest and friendliest birds! And I have no clue how my heart is like “hmm, oh! That one! Yesssssss perfect!” And it ends up being just right haha
I love Cricket's brilliant shade of yellow but I also think Rico's "fifty shades of grey" are just as beautiful in a different way. But I think all our birds are beautiful, even the ones that wouldn't win a beauty contest.
 
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I love Cricket's brilliant shade of yellow but I also think Rico's "fifty shades of grey" are just as beautiful in a different way. But I think all our birds are beautiful, even the ones that wouldn't win a beauty contest.
I also love their colors! such magnificent colors and shades! Cricket is a very bright and bold lighting yellow, while Rico is a very sophisticated and muted beauty! They contrast in so many ways that they just are perfect!

Rico is a very sophisticated and laid back, yet crazy bird with a short temper and a big heart!

Cricket is a very messy and crazy who is rarely angry and has more about her to discover!

They are also quite alike! They are both on Miami crackhead levels of crazy, they both enjoy destruction, both super loveable, and both are a bit stinky!

Love them so much!


Bingo! There is no such thing as an ugly bird!
 
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Cricket follows Rico around on the play stand. He doesn’t seem annoyed by it but he definitely does prefer me over her. They have played together today, Rico has sang to her, and he does show interest in her. He is taking a liking to her!
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Lmao she hates it when I laugh

Tbf though, it is pretty ugly so I don’t blame her lol
 

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